Plate deals served up

Herald Sun - Motoring - - MARKET PLACE - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@news.com.au

THE end-of-year dis­counts con­tinue for car buy­ers as deal­ers look to shift the last of their 2016-plated ve­hi­cles.

Toy­ota is en­sur­ing Aus­tralia’s top-sell­ing car gets an early sales boost by cov­er­ing the on-road costs of all HiLux four-wheeldrive vari­ants.

That puts the drive-away price for a dual-cab from $43,990 for the Workmate up to $54,390 for the SR5.

City driv­ers are catered for with a $17,990 drive-away deal on the Yaris As­cent equipped with a four-speed auto and free metal­lic paint, while the Corolla As­cent with a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion can be yours for $23,490.

Hyundai is still ham­mer­ing its value propo­si­tion with an Ac­cent Ac­tive driv­ing out the door for $14,990 for the fivespeed man­ual ($15,990 CVT).

The i30 hatch con­tin­ues to be dis­counted with prices starting at $19,990 drive-away for a man­ual (auto adds $2000). SUV driv­ers can get nearly as good a deal on the Tuc­son Ac­tive, which has an RRP of $28,590 but this month can be parked in your garage for $27,990 drive-away.

Volk­swa­gen has taken a sim­i­lar ap­proach to the Jetta sedan. The drive-away price of $22,990 for the Trend­line man­ual ($25,490 for the auto) ef­fec­tively amounts to a $1000 cut on its list price plus free on­road costs.

Ford’s mid-sized Es­cape SUV has only just been of­fi­cially launched but the Blue Oval brand is keen to get the new model on the road and is do­ing deals to make it hap­pen.

A front-wheel drive en­trylevel man­ual is now $30,990 drive-away.

The sta­ble­mate Ranger pickup has also earned fac­tory back­ing and the fam­ily-fo­cused XLT can be yours for $48,990 in man­ual rear-drive guise or $56,490 for the four-wheel drive vari­ant.

Subaru has its sights set on giving Forester sales a boost and an en­try level 2.0i-L can now be had with a seven-inch touch­screen, sat­nav, Eye­Sight driver as­sist pack­age, elec­tric sun­roof, LED head­lamps with cor­ner­ing beam and key­less en­try for a $4000 pre­mium over the reg­u­lar price. Prices vary state to state but ex­pect to get the keys for about $38,000.

A seven-seat Mit­subishi Out­lander SUV can be had this month for $29,990 drive-away, rep­re­sent­ing a fair sav­ing over the list price of $28,750.

Kia’s Cer­ato small hatch and sedan were al­ready good value at $19,990 drive-away and the com­pany has thrown in an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The just-launched Rio S is still on sale for $17,490 drive-away with a four-speed auto.

Early sales boosts: Ford Es­cape, top left; Toy­ota Yaris, main; Kia Cer­ato

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